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Sharing inspirations for my designs, and tips I've discovered along the way in my caking journey! <3

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How to Make a Two-Toned Bow – Quick Tutorial


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It’s been about two years now since I first introduced this tutorial on my Facebook page after getting awesome feedback on a wedding cake I’d made for some good friends of ours the previous November.  There were lots of positive comments on the bow asking me how I made it.

I have always maintained and must say again here that although I’ve used this two-toned bow idea many times in designs of mine, it is not my original idea.  I can’t say for sure whose original idea it was but I first saw a similar bow used on a cake by Sweet Picasso Cake Creations on Facebook.  It was a STUNNING mustard yellow tiered cake that was simple, yet so dramatic because of that black and white two-toned bow.

The first time I used it, was on a geometric cake design back in July of 2013 after a long hiatus away from caking after having my daughter.  The method I used here was the initial one I attempted which was not as easy nor as neat as the one I eventually developed and use in the tutorial.  For this bow, I used two full layers of fondant for the bow pieces, laying one on top of the other, to create the two-toned effect.  Needless to say, this first method is harder to get clean and neat and takes longer so that you have to fight the clock or risk it drying up too quick on you and ending with a huge mess and lots of time wasted.  I had to re-make the bow for this cake three times before I was happy.

Eva's 21st Tiffany Blue with Bows - twm


The next time I used this bow was on the wedding cake for friends that I mentioned above.  Between the first bow and this bow, I attempted and tested two other methods before settling on this one as being the best way to go.

Sam &amp; Satoko's at Venue


I have since used it on a few other cakes which you can see at the end of this article.  Here are the steps for making my version of this two-toned bow with detailed instructions.  This tutorial can also be used to make basic bows, just omit the steps where you add the coloured strips (of course…duh…but just have to say it! LOL):

My Two-Toned Bow Tutorial - 1


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** Please note I had forgotten to take photos for adding the coloured strips to the front middle piece of the bow (the 2″ strip) so those steps are missing but you get the idea 😉  Those steps should be done before the following slide…

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My Two-Toned Bow Tutorial - 9


My other cakes featuring a two-toned bow…

Carlington's 2nd Birthday - Minnie, Mickey, Daisy and Donald - Closeup - twmpm

2014 Christmas Cardinal and Mistletoes - twmpm


The Violet Cake Shop - Starry Night Christmas Cake for Cake Craft Guide Party Cakes Issue 25 - IMG_3666 - watermark

Happy Caking Y’all!


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Some of My Inspired-by Designs

I am still trying to find the time to put together some blog posts of what inspired some of my most popular designs to date and I’ll get to those soon…just need to finish up some special projects first!.  However, since I had ‘INSPIRED-BY’ as a share session theme a few weeks back, I thought I’d share some of the collages I’ve put together along the way which have already been shared before on FB, of what inspired some of my pieces.  This theme has always been one of my faves as it really gives one an in-depth look into a person’s creative process and sometimes, it just might open up your mind as to what YOU can create if only you just looked at things a bit differently!

April 2010 – My Son’s 5th Birthday Cake – inspired by his all-time fave movie at the time, Disney’s Cars

Disney Pixar Cars Inspired Cake

March 2013 – My Husband’s 45th Milestone Birthday Cake – inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie Up and a previous version of the cake done in 2010

Up Cake Inspired by Disney Pixar Up Movie

June 2013 – My Niece’s 1st Birthday Cake – inspired by her invites

Monkey Girl 1st Birthday

July 2013 – My Daughter’s 1st Birthday Cake – inspired by her CoCaLo Jacana crib bedding set.  I bought this set before we even knew she’d be a girl because I loved it so much (and I was hoping…)!

CoCaLo Jacana Crib Bedding Set

October 2013 – My Black & White Valentino Inspired Ruffle Dress Cake – inspired by of course the dress by Valentino

Valentino Inspired Black &amp; White Ruffles

November 2013 – Sam & Satoko’s 4 Tier Gold & Purple Wedding Cake – colours inspired by their invitations, the decal on the 3rd tier inspired by the backs of my dining chairs!

S&amp;S's Gold &amp; Purple Wedding Cake Inspired Design - ii

December 2013 – Christmas Ranunculus & Silver Reindeer Cake – colours inspired by Christmas ribbons, reindeer inspired by Christmas décor

2013 Christmas Ranunculus &amp; Silver Reindeer Cake

January 2014 – Year of the Horse Chinese New Year Cake – inspired by images from Cake Central’s Pinterest board

Year of the Horse CNY Celebration Cake - Inspired by Traditional CNY Elements

February 2014 – My Steampunk XLIV Birthday Cake – inspired by Steampunk images I found on-line, but using the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid

My Steampunk XLIV Birthday Cake Inspiration Board

February 2014 – My Sis’ Springtime Modern Geometric Milestone Birthday Cake – inspired by tile patterns and a Design Seeds colour palette

Finney's 45th - Spring Modern &amp; Trendy with Flowers - ii

April 2014 – Vehicle on My Son’s Lego Movie Cake – inspired by the movie

Wyldstyle's Motorbike from Colin's 9th B-Day Cake

July 2014 – My Daughter’s 2nd Birthday Cake – patterns and colours inspired by my fave jammies of hers

Carlington's 2nd Birthday Inspired by Fave Jammies - 07-05-14

And here are some others

Kyle's Farm Cake Inspired by Farm Quilt

Ladybug Oh So Sweet Inspired Cake

     Lauren's Korean Doll Cake Inspired by her Hanbok

Nathan's 3D White Tiger Cake

Dr. Slump Inspired Character Cake

    Eva's 21st Birthday Tiffany Blue &amp; Bows pattern inspiration from those on shorts

Gumpaste Lotus for Super Cake Moms Collab - 05-11-14 - twmpm